THREE IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MAKE FOR YOUR KIDS (and your) HEALTH IN 2018

 

You love your children more than anything and want what’s best for them. Today I want to share with you three things you can do differently for your children in 2018. These three things will significantly improve their health NOW and in the years to come. These will help every cell in their bodies function much more optimally and help them grow and develop in a much more efficient and superior way than before. Children are so special and they deserve the correct nutrients so their bodies can grow as designed to, and so they can reach their genetic potential.

3 CHANGES TO MAKE FOR YOUR KIDS

  1. Remove empty carbohydrate snacks from their diet and replace with nutrient-dense snacks.

Remove biscuits, potato chips, lollies, white bread, fast food burgers, chips etc from your children’s diets. These are full of sugar, chemicals and grains that have had all their good nutrients taken out of them. They are hard on digestion, often causing all sorts of issues from constipation to eczema.  You can still pack the following suggestion sinto lunch boxes, all your school mums out there! By removing empty carbohydrate foods, you are also opening up more space to give your child lots of great, much needed nutrients!

Replace with quality protein to help with every area of their growth, such as

  • Chicken drumstick
  • Boiled egg
  • Lamb chop
  • Bowl of yoghurt

OR Replace with quality whole carbohydrates to give them much needed minerals such as selenium:

  • Blue corn chips
  • Other veggies chips (you can easily make these yourself also)

AND/ OR Replace with a bowl of veggies for loads of minerals, vitamins and the best quality fibre.

  • Steamed frozen peas with butter or yoghurt
  • Steamed veggies such as a corn cob, or carrot sticks etc with butter or yoghurt.

2. Change their sugary carbohydrate breakfast cereal to high quality, real, highly nutritious foods to keep them full for longer. Some suggestions:

  • Boiled or poached eggs with vegetables
  • Bowl of frozen steamed peas with runny eggs on top
  • Sardines mixed through mashed sweet potato
  • Silverbeat quiche (this can be made in advance and eaten cold- yummo!)
  • Scrambled eggs with veggies

3. Eliminate all drinks except good quality spring water or carbon-filtered tap water.

Most drinks are full of refined sugar, rotting kids teeth and their insides. Even fruit juices are full of natural fructose which rots the teeth also. Kids (and adults) need much more water than they are getting. Think of each cell in their bodies as either grapes or sultanas. You want body cells to be big, plump, hydrated grape-cells, not shrivelled up, dehydrated sultana– cells. The latter does not allow nutrients to get into the cells so they can work properly. The sultana cells also do not allow the waste that the cell generates to get out of the cell and out of the body! GO FOR GRAPE CELLS! Get them to drink plenty of good quality water, between meals.

  • Buy convenient sized spring water from your local supermarket and pop a straw in for the little tackers to drink throughout the day.
  • Buy a carbon-filter to filter your own tap water.

These three changes will honestly make such as big impact on your children’s health. Put one into practice each week over the next 3 weeks and you would have formed some great new habits with your kids, just in time for the beginning of the school year! Watch your kids grow and blossom and excel at school next year. Your kids will thank you for it in years to come.

If you are serious about getting your kids happy, healthy and thriving, then a Nutritional Balancing program is perfect! It will balance your child’s body chemistry so that every cell is working optimally. Minerals are the building blocks of our bodies. If there is too much of something and not enough of another, things start to go wrong and not work properly. Even if your child is not a sick child, they may suffer from behaviour issues, skin problems, digestive discomfort etc. Balancing their body will ensure these seemingly small issues are resolved. Check out the Nutritional Balancing information and get serious about your family’s health. Sign up for Sari’s Natural Medicine Nothing But Health Tips on the side panel on the website to receive health tips direct to your inbox.

Contact me for a tailor-made personalised health care plan for your child or yourself today!

Happy healing!

 

Sari

DEEP BREATHING FOR GREATER HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Ah, to deep breathing is truly a wonderful thing. At its simplest, it clears your head and relaxes you beautifully.  If you’d like to decrease your anxiety and stress levels, improve your cognitive achievements, enhance your memory, improve your mood, and increase your blood oxygenation, then you better learn how to practice breathe deeply now!

 

Proven benefits:

In fact, a research study just published illustrated how primary school children’s anxiety levels were reduced, and test performance increased, by simply practicing deep breathing before their school test (Khng, KH 2017).

Another recently published research study (Perciavalle et al 2017), found that adults practicing deep breathing induced an effective improvement in their mood and stress levels. This was measured using both self-reported subjective evaluations and objective parameters such as heart rate and salivary cortisol levels.

Practicing your deep breaths is even more effective if you do it standing up! A group of researchers measured the blood oxygenation level, heart rate, subjective breathing ability, blood pressure and pain of patients who had cardiac surgery performed a couple of days prior (Pettersson et al 2015). This randomised control study illustrated that the group of patients who practiced the deep breathing standing up, had significantly improved blood oxygenation levels when compared with the sitting group. This was also the case after resting for 15 minutes after the deep breathing.

Still haven’t convinced you? Well, yet another study, published in Scientific Reports has shown that deep breathing enhances complex cognitive functions such as memory, in particular the retention of motor memories ( Yadav & Mutha 2016). After the experimental group practiced deep breathing for 30 minutes, they retained a motor skill ‘strikingly’ better than the controls whom simply rested for 30 minutes. This was true immediately after the breathing, and also 24 hours later. The experiment was repeated and it was found that there was significantly improved retention after 24 hours.

An Iranian research study (Haghani & Shariatpanahi 2011) examined medical students who were either given the task of deep breathing and stretching during their genetics class, or not. There was a significant difference between the two groups. The stretchers and deep breathers had significantly increased test achievement scores. The researchers highly recommended all classes and educational workshops include deep breathing and stretching.

 

Recommendations:

I recommend doing at least 30 minutes of deep breathing daily. And since I love to SMILE and find any excuse to do it, I recommend you smile on the exhale for even MORE health benefits. Get yourself a little alarm app on your phone and set a subtle alarm for every 30 minutes. When you hear that little ‘blip blip’ go off, take 4 big deep breaths and smile on each exhalation. Ahhhhh, how can you not be in a good mood after that?

I highly recommend you read Dr. Wilson’s article Breathing Properly for Health for instructions on how to learn to breathe deeply and properly. You won’t regret it.

Tell me your thoughts regarding Deep Breathing in the box below, and please ask me any questions you may have!

Breathe deeply, and heal happily!

Sari

 

References:

Haghani, F, & Shariatpanahi, k 2011, ‘Influence of Stretching and Deep Breathing Exercises on Test Achievement Scores of Medical Students in Isfahan Medical University, Iran’, Iranian Journal of Medical Education, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 1-8.

Khng, KH 2017, ‘A better state-of-mind: deep breathing reduces state anxiety and enhances test performance through regulating test cognitions in children’, Cognition & Emotion, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1502-1510. Available from: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1233095. [29 November 2017].

Perciavalle, V, Blandini, M, Fecarotta, P, Buscemi, A, Corrado, D, Bertolo, L, Fichera, F, Coco, M, & Di Corrado, D 2017, ‘The role of deep breathing on stress’, Neurological Sciences, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 451-458. Available from: 10.1007/s10072-016-2790-8. [29 November 2017].

Pettersson, H, Faager, G, & Westerdahl, E 2015, ‘Improved oxygenation during standing performance of deep breathing exercises with positive expiratory pressure after cardiac surgery: A randomized controlled trial’, Journal Of Rehabilitation Medicine, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 748-752. Available from: 10.2340/16501977-1992. [29 November 2017].

Yadav, G, & Mutha, PK 2016, ‘Deep Breathing Practice Facilitates Retention of Newly Learned Motor Skills’, Scientific Reports, vol. 6, p. 37069. Available from: 10.1038/srep37069. [29 November 2017].